Native American Culture Books – Spirituality – Literature

The Soul of the Indian; An Interpretation – Native American Spirituality Books

Eastman, Charles A.
Houghton Mifflin 1911 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“An interesting though somewhat idealized account of Indian religious and ethical life before the advent of the white man, which is of value as an aid to the understanding of Indian nature.” -A.L.A. Catalog 1926. Native American spirituality books, Native American religious beliefs.

Voices of the Winds: Native American Legends – Native American Spirituality Books

Edmonds, Margot
Castle 2003 Dewey Dec. 970.13

An anthology of more than 130 Native American legends representative of many different tribes and organized by geographical regions across the United States. Each legend is introduced with a headnote and many are accompanied by a drawing. Books on Native American culture, Native American spiritual beliefs, Native American folklore books.

American Indian Art – Native American Art and Crafts

Feder, Norman
Abrams 1973 Dewey Dec. 970.13

This survey includes many photos; color & B&W.

Contents: Indian art : Use of materials & techniques — Change versus stability — Indian artist — Indian art by cultural areas : Plains — Southwest : Southern Athabascans — Rancheria Tribes — California — Great Basin & the Pacific Plateau — Pacific Northwest Coast — Arctic Coast — Woodlands. Book on Native American culture, Native American art and crafts.

Two Hundred Years of North American Indian Art – History of Native American Art

Feder, Norman
Praeger 1972 Dewey Dec. 970.13

The author was the curator of American Indian and Native Arts at the Denver Art Museum. This book introduces and reproduces the works of an exhibition he organized for the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, from November 1971 to January 1972. The works were lent by numerous museums and collectors, listed near the front of the book. B&W photos. Books on Native American culture, Native American art and crafts, history of Native American Arts

Native Arts of North America – History of Native American Art

Feest, Christian F.
Oxford University 1980 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“Only since the early twentieth century have the craft arts of North America been recognized as art of a high order. Classifying the surviving works of a thousand tribes speaking over two hundred languages, Christian F, Feest looks at totem poles and masks, rock engravings and ghost dance shirts, Seminole patchwork, painted leather shields, and more to show how the subtle interaction of native tradition with European influences produced a flourishing period of tribal art, and an ultimately fruitful “ethnic art” market.” -Back cover. Books on Native American culture, Native American art and crafts, history of Native American art.

Native American Courtship and Marriage Traditions – Native American Culture Books

Gourse, Leslie
Hippocrene 2000 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“This informative and fascinating book is the perfect resource for brides and grooms who want to learn about Native American courtship and marriage customs from centuries past. Helpful ideas and hints throughout explain how to incorporate traditions into a modern day wedding ceremony. Among the Native American tribes represented: Shinnecock; Chippewa/Ojibwa; Crow; Cherokee; Powhatan; Apache; Navajo; Sioux (Dakota Sioux, Teton Sioux, Lakota Sioux, Oglala Sioux).” -Publisher

Contents: Literature: love poems and folklore — Introduction to tribal wedding customs — Tribal wedding customs: the Hopi — Tribal wedding customs: the Navajo — Tribal wedding customs: the story of an Eastern Cherokee bride and a Minnesota Sioux bridegroom — Tribal wedding customs: the Iroquois — Tribal wedding customs: the Oglala Sioux — Celebrations of puberty — Dances and powwows — Food — Fashions, jewelry, basketry, cloth weaving, and decorations — Postscript: divorce and remarriage. Books on Native American culture.

Native American History Books

Creation’s Journey: Native American Identity and Belief – Native American Spirituality Books

Hill, Tom and Richard W.
Smithsonian Institution Press 1994 Dewey Dec. 970.13

National Museum of the American Indian. Native American artists and academics discuss the connection of art objects to their rituals, stories, and spiritual beliefs. Drawing on the vast collections of the National Museum of the American Indian, Creation’s Journey retells the story of native life from the Arctic to the Tierra del Fuego, and from childhood to old age. Using objects, historical photographs, and the voices of Native Americans past and present, the book reawakens our senses to values and traditions that once prevailed. 220 color and 120 duotone photos. What is Native American religion?

Contents: Introduction: a backward glimpse through the museum door — Growing up Indian: Osage childhood, Giving thanks for what we have as Indians — Visual prayers: The symolism of feathers — Vision and virtuosity: The legacy of baskets, Reading ledger art — Across the generations: Native gold, Spanish gold — Epilogue: Art through Indian eyes. Native American spirituality books, Native American spiritual beliefs, American Indian religion.

Indian Silversmithing – Native American Art and Crafts

Hunt, W. Ben.
Bruce 1952 Dewey Dec. 970.13

Ben Hunt of Hales Corners, Wisconsin studied and popularized Indian culture and crafts throughout the middle of the 20th century. In this book Hunt employs his drawing skills and his experience as a craftsman to demonstrate how the Indians of the American Southwest designed and crafted silver work. Books on Native American culture, Native American art and crafts.

American Indian Ecology – Native American Religious Beliefs

Huges, Donald J.
Texas Western 1983 Dewey Dec. 970.13

This book “is an attempt to present from Indian sources the attitudes of Indians toward the natural environment and the practices that result from those attitudes.”

Contents: The unspoiled continent — The sacred universe — The powerful animals — The plant people — All beings share the same land — The gifts of Mother Earth — The wisdom of the elders — Our people covered the land — The strangers’ ways — Indian wisdom for today. Native American spirituality books.

Harlequin free online reads at Century Past

Wigwam Stories Told by North American Indians – Native American Mythology Books

Judd, Mary Catherine, comp.
Ginn 1904 Dewey Dec. 970.13

Numerous brief stories, written for children, mostly adapted from the works of the early 19th century Michigan Indian agent and explorer Henry Schoolcraft. Books on Native American culture, Native American folklore books, books on Native American mythology.

American Indian Fairy Tales – Native American Folklore Books

Larned, W.T.
Volland 1921 Dewey Dec. 970.13

These were stories collected by Henry R. Schoolcraft, mainly among Indians living near Lake Superior. Schoolcraft published a version of them in 1839. Books on Native American culture. Native American folklore books, books on Native American mythology.

Native American Renaissance – Native American Literature PDF

Lincoln, Kenneth
University of California 1985 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“Native American Renaissance is the most important discussion of contemporary American Indian poetry and fiction produced to date. It offers intelligent and balanced insight into the contexts and work of a number of contemporary American Indian writers. Its careful discussion provides dear and sometimes breathtaking illumination into this literature that is at once tribal and modern, western and traditional, a literature that is the oldest and newest literature in America.”
–Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna), University of California, Berkeley

Contents: Introduction: “Sending a voice” — “-Old like hills, like stars” — Crossings — Ancestral voices in oral tradition — A contemporary tribe of poets — Word senders: Black Elk and N. Scott Momaday — Trickster’s swampy Cree bones — Blackfeet winter blues: James Welch — “The now day Indi’ns” — Grandmother Storyteller: Leslie Silko. Books on Native American literature, Native American literature pdf.

Handbook of American Indian Games – Native American Culture Books

MacFarlan, Allan A. and Paulett J.
Dover 1985 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“Fun-loving youngsters will find new trails to amusement in this varied collection of 150 spirited, entertaining and easy-to-play games once played by Indian tribes across America. Indian lore and recreation specialists Allan and Paulette Macfarlan present a rich assortment of active, quiet, competitive, and instructive games for boys and girls of all ages that offer hours of enjoyment and provide insight into how American Indians thought, lived, and played.
You’ll find running, relay, kicking, stalking, throwing and rolling, tossing and catching, guessing, group-challenge, and many other games chosen for their skill-building and character-building qualities. These authentic Indian sports develop dexterity, strength, endurance, patience, logic, power of observation, good sportsmanship, and other desirable attributes.” -Publisher. Books about Native American culture.

Indian Nights – Native American Folklore Books

Mackay, Isabel Ecclestone
McClelland & Stewart 1930 Dewey Dec. 970.13

Ten legends from the Indians of the West Coast, preserving, “something of the peculiar “style” of the Indian story-teller as gathered from word-of-mouth translations, preserved in the records of the Smithsonian and other Institutes.” – Author’s note. Native American folklore books, Native American mythology books.

Way of the Human Being – Native American Spiritual Beliefs

Martin, Calvin
Yale University 1999 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“From Native Americans, Europeans learned about corn and beans, toboggans and canoes, and finding their way around an unfamiliar landscape. Yet the Europeans learned what they wished to learn-not necessarily what the natives actually meant by their stories and their lives-says Calvin Luther Martin in this unique and powerfully insightful book. By focusing on their own questions, Martin observes, those arriving in the New World have failed to grasp the deepest meaning of Native America. Drawing on his own experiences with native people and on their stories, Martin brings us to a new conceptual landscape-the mythworld that seems unfamiliar and strange to those accustomed to western ways of thinking. He shows how native people understand the world and how human beings can and should conduct themselves within it. Taking up the profound philosophical challenge of the Native American “way of the human being,” Martin leads us to rethink our entire sense of what is real and how we know the real.” -Publisher. Native American spirituality books, books on Native American mythology.

Native North American Art History: Selected Readings – History of Native American Art

Mathews, Zena P. and Aldona Jonaitas
Peek 1982 Dewey Dec. 970.13

“This volume was conceived primarily as an undergraduate text for Native North American Art History. These readings look back over approximately a hundred years of scholarship pertaining to Native North American material culture. The majority of these articles have not been written by art historians by anthropologists and archeologists as well as by self-trained ethnographers.” -Introduction

Contents: General: Birch-bark in the Ancestry of Pottery Forms / Frank G. Speck ; Shamanism and North American Indian Art / Ester Pasztory — Eskimo: Eskimo Houses / Franz Boas, The Okvik Figurine: Madonna or Bear Mother? / Henry B. Collins ; Additional Examples of Early Eskimo Art / Henry B. Collins ; The Relation of Form to Iconography in Eskimo Masks / Joan M. Vastokas — Northwest Coast: Tsimshian Prehistoric Art / George F. MacDonald, Richard I. Inglis ; The Whale House of the Chilkat / George T. Emmons ; The Devilfish in Tlingit Sacred Art / Aldona Jonaitis ; Sacred Art and Spiritual Power: An Analysis of Tlingit Shamans’ Masks / Aldona Jonaitis ; Kwakiutl Transformation Masks / Debora Waite Iroquoin: Seneca Figurines: A Case of Misplaced Modesty / Zena Pearlstone Mathews ; Of Man and Beast: Effigy Pipe Chronology of the Ontario Iroquoians / Zena Pearlstone Mathews ; Masked Medicine Societies of the Iroquois / William N. Fenton — Algonkian: Pictography and Shamanistic Ritew or the Ojibwa / W.J. Hoffman ; The Double-Curve Motive in Northeastern Algonkian Art / Frank G. Speck ; Bird and Feline Motifs on Great Lakes Pouches / Lee Anne wilson — Southeast: Prehistoric Ceramics: The weeden Island Tradition / Mallory McCane-O’Connor ; An American Woodhenge / Warren L. Wittry ; Spiro Art and Its Mortuary Contexts / James A. Brown ; The Mesoamerican-Southeastern U.S. Connection / James B. Griffin. Books on Native American culture, Native American art and crafts, history of Native American art.

Scroll to Top
Share to...